Butternut Squash Soup💖
Text, recipe and photos by Chef Joey
Soup! It’s what’s for dinner!
Soup is the least expensive and easiest meal to make. I had a CECELIA reader run into me – her name is Dottie. She raved about my vegan chili, posted here and published in CECELIA! So a big shout out to Dottie!!
I had some butternut squashes laying around that I bought in the fall from a local farm because they keep very well in my garage and said to myself … “Time to make soup!”
The secret to any good meal, I learned young from my Greek grandfather, is onions! It does not matter the batch size – just double the onions! For this particular soup, I went vegan for my daughter Gigi’s sake so she is used to flavors. I buy large bags of onions because they are easier to work with and less expensive. A 10-pound bag is $3 and one 20-pound bag is $5 … and you always need onions! In this soup, there are also 2 or 3 cloves of garlic and the squash. Water and curry powder round things out nicely – and a can of beer, if you have it.☺ It’s my new bouillon!
Onions, 2 large – peeled
Garlic, 2 or 3 cloves – chopped
2 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 can beer
3 tbsp oil
1 bouillon cube, veggie or chicken stock
In a large pot, add the chopped onions and garlic. Toss around in the oil and cover.
After 2 minutes, add 6 oz. of beer.
If you don’t have any beer, add club soda and 1 more bouillon cube of your choice – veggie or chicken.
Now add 8 cups of water and simmer until the squash is soft (about 15 minutes).
Add 1 tsp of curry powder, and then mash the squash like potatoes (You can use a mixer. Just don’t splash!)
Salt and pepper to taste – and there you have it! You can add a nice dollop of sour cream to your bowl of soup to enhance it!
The onion base is good for any soup!
You can use potatoes, broccoli or whatever you want for veggies, if making a pureed soup.
Enjoy and stay warm!
Little known fact: The word “supper” is derived for “souper,” which means “soup dinner” in French. It’s what the peasants normally ate, while the aristocrats dined!.